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Southampton Ethics Centre

‘Schopenhauer and the Value of Love’ Event

17:00 - 19:00
26 November 2013
Room 2251 Building 65a Avenue Campus University of Southampton

Event details

Philosophy Dept Research Seminar

Wagner's Tristan and Isolde was strongly influenced by Schopenhauer's views. But whereas Wagner hoped that what Schopenhauer calls ‘sexual love' between man and woman could be redemptive, Schopenhauer's own view is more complex and challenging. ‘Sexual love' exploits our egoistic desires, but for ends that have no value for the individual human being. Only a disinterested ‘loving kindness' is truly of value to the individual, but it is of value precisely because it prepares for a sense of self that frees it from identification with the individual human being.

Speaker information

Chris Janaway,Professor

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